Interfaith Calendar

Observances and celebrations during the 2023 Spring Semester


15:  Makar Sankranti (Hindu festival dedicated to the sun god Surya) 

15:  World Religion Day (Baha’i Faith celebration to highlight the common themes across vairous faiths and religions worldwide) 

16:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day 

20:  Guru Gobind Singh’s Birthday, commemorating the tenth Sikh Guru and spiritual master 

27:  International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust


1:  Beginning of Black History Month

1:  Chinese New Year

1:  Imbolc (Pagan and Wiccan festival marks the halfway point between winter solstice and spring equinox)

2:  Candlemas (Christian holiday celebrates the birth of light 40 days after Christmas)

5:  Tu Bishvat (Judaism, “Earth Day”)

15:  Parinirvana (Mahãyãna Buddhism, “Nirvana Day” commemorating Buddha’s death and attainment of final nirvana)

18:  Lailat al Miraj (Muslim holy day celebrating Muhammad’s pilgrimage form Mecca to Jerusalem)

22:  Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent in the Christian Church

24:  Festival Ayyam-I-Ha, a multi-day Baha’i festival highlighting charity, hospitality, gift-giving, and preparation of fasting before the New Year.


1:  Beginning of Women’s History Month 

6-7:  Purium, or “Feast of Lots,” a Jewish festival celebrating the survival of Jews who were marked for death by Persian rulers 

8:  International Women’s Day 

8:  Holi, a Hindu festival celebrating spring, love, and new life 

8-10:  Hola Mohalla, 3-day festival in which Sikhs enjoy communal meals, religious song and prayer, and martial arts performances 

19:  St. Joseph’s Feast Day, Christian holiday celebrating Jesus’ surrogate father and Mary’s husband 

21:  International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (designated by the United Nations) 

21:  Ostara, the Wiccan holiday celebrating the spring equinox 

21:  Naw Ruz, marking the Persian and Baha’i New Year on the Vernal Equinox 

22-31:  Navaratri, a Hindu festival celebrating the Goddess Durga 

22:  Beginning of Ramadan, Muslim holy month of fasting 

25:  The Annunciation, Christian holiday commemorating the Angel Gabriel’s announcement that Mary would give birth to Jesus 


2:  World Autism Day 

4:  Mahavir Jayanti, celebrating the birthday of Jainism founder Lord Mahavira 

5-13:  Passover, Jewish holiday commemorating the Israelites being freed from slavery in Egypt 

9:  Easter, Christian holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ  

14:  Vaisakhi, the ancient festival celebrating both the Solar New Year and springtime harvest 

16:  Feast of the Devine Mercy, Christian holiday celebrated the second Sunday of Easter 

21-22:  Eid al-Fitr, Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan 


1:  Beginning of Jewish American Heritage Month, Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month, Mental Health Awareness Month, and Older Americans Month 

1:  Beltane, a Pagan and Wiccan holiday honoring life. It represents the peak of Spring and the beginning of Summer 

5:  Buddha’s Birthday and, for some Buddhists, a day that marks his enlightenment 

5:  Vestak, a Therada Buddhist festival observing the birth, death, and enlightenment of Buddha (observation begins the evening of the prior day) 

17:  International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia 

18:  Ascension Day, the Christian holiday celebrating Jesus’ ascension to heaven